Blind Faith - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev 0%
Returning as part of Magic Hat's I.P.A. on Tour Series, this is a Summer Seasonal beer, brewed in the English India Pale Ale style.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Magic Hat Pint Glass. Served at 43º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a beige-cream foamy head on top of a medium haze copper-orange body. Head retains quite well, leaving soapy suds lacing behind as it recedes. Carbonation is relaxed but plentiful. Overall its a nice impressive appearance from this IPA. 4.5
(Smell) Aroma is mild., consisting of mild tart grains, some fruity yeast esters, a faint grassy and resin hop character with a low bitterness overall. Smell is not particularly impressive and quite faint, you really have to try hard to pull much more out of this glass. Aroma is certainly milder by comparison to the big American bold IPAs making it much more approachable, although not very exciting overall. 3
(Taste) Mild buttery tart grainy malt with a resiny hop bitterness and a touch of musty pine. In terms of intensity, it's striking in comparison to what the aroma had me predicting, a significantly more bold, but still drinkable outcome. Alcohol presence is somewhat evident, as the body is a touch thin. Balance is nice although a bit hoppier than malty. Despite not having a "striking" hop character, the bitterness is well preserved nonetheless, and the malt, although a bit perky in flavor and thin in spots, is a decent compliment. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Texture is mild, slick with a pleasant level of fizzy carbonation throughout. Body is light, a bit too light on the malt character, which would help balance the beer a bit more. Alcohol presence is also medium, most likely a result of the thin body. It's a surprise to how much of an impact that a bigger body could make on this drink. 3.5
(Overall) I certainly consider this one of Magic Hat's better IPAs on Tour, and now that I have had the last of their four seasonal IPAs I consider this one of the best (and more unique) at the moment, meaning that it's likely worth picking up a six pack of this, or perhaps a mixed 12 pack variety while it's still around. 4
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07-31-2012 16:03:47 | More by Jadjunk
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass
Pours a nice, light, coppery orange color. Decent clarity to the body. The head sits at about 1.25 fingers of fluffy off-white foam.
Aromas of copper and garden dominate the nose. A sign of English hops, and a lot of them. A bit of a marmalade character and some baking spice. But the metallic, green notes overwhelm the aroma.
The flavor of this beer is situated in-between an East Coast American IPA and an English IPA. There's sharp hop flavors of orange peel, pear, and even some passionfruit. Of course, those fruits are balanced by green hop flavors, and some metallic hop flavor too. The malts are biscuity and dry. The malts sort of clash with the passionfruit character, but the flavor is pretty nice overall. A bit strong for an English IPA, but that's probably a good thing from an American market standpoint.
The beer's only real disappointing note is the mouthfeel. It is quite thick for the style, and not particularly conducive to drinking.
Overall, this is an impressive effort from a brewery that I tend to hate. It's strong for an English IPA, but tastes pretty darn good. Magic Hat's best beer?
07-28-2012 20:30:45 | More by Reaper16
Blind Faith from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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